Molly-Cooking Temple Student Busted

A Temple University student has been busted for cooking the drug Molly in his off-campus house, Philadelphia Police say.

Fire crews were called to the home along the 1900 block of N. Gratz Street in North Philadelphia around 10 p.m. on Friday after neighbors reported smelling fumes.

Once inside the home, fire crews found a drug lab, police said.

Investigators from the Philadelphia Police Narcotics Unit determined the student was cooking the drug MDMA, known on the street as Molly.

Molly is the powder or crystal form of MDMA (methylenedioxy-methamphetamine), a psychoactive drug that produces euphoria and stimulates the sensory organs. Often called the "pure" form MDMA, the drug is a component in Ecstasy.

In high doses, MDMA can inhibit the body from regulating its temperature, according to the National Institute on Drug Abuse. In regular doses, the drug can cause muscle tension, an increased heart rate, nausea, blurred vision and faintness, among other symptoms.

The illicit drug has been getting increased attention after a number of recent drug-related deaths shut down a New York City dance festival and pop culture references like the lyrics of Miley Cyrus' hit song "We Can't Stop."


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